The past couple weekends, Ry and I have been cleaning our house. We’ve been going through, room by room, taking inventory of what we have and if we still need it. We’ve gathered a car load of stuff: old furniture, dated artwork, excess clothes, etc. It’s natural for this to happen as our lives have changed and so have our needs. Some things no longer serve a purpose for us.
This concept got me thinking. Do I do this same sort of routine when it comes to my well-being? Do I take the time to purge the things that no longer serve a purpose in my life? Do I remove the things, thoughts, people or ideas that hold me back from the truths of God? I can quickly answer that question for myself, no, and here’s why. It’ s much easier to throw away physical items (holey socks) than personal ones (habits, relationships or mindsets). Getting rid of personal ones are much harder because it requires us to make a choice and change the way we think and do. It most likely will require some tough and awkward conversations. Yeah, I think I’d rather just throw away my holey socks.
I think this “cleaning house” concept is key when you’re going through a wait. Why? Because during that time, it’s important to have your heart and mind set on the truths from God. They are going to serve you, give you life and remind you what God says about you and your situation. They will reassure you that there is a proper time and to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but unseen. The people and things around you should reaffirm these truths and encourage you in your wait. Sometimes those truths look very different than the messages or advice you are receiving from those around you, including yourself.
So, what are you being prompted to clean out? For me, it’s perfection, comparison and self-doubt. None of these words are going to serve me or propel me to the life God is calling me to lead. If anything, they lead to a downward spiral that magnify the lies the enemy tells. So, this year, I’m going to throw those words away and replace them with progress, vulnerability and forward failure.
The best part is that we don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to do this. We have the power and choice to do this anytime! So, what are you being prompted to clean out?
Please share with someone you know who could use some encouragement in the wait.